excavating a Viking horn at the Abbey Museums School Holiday Family Fun week

Kids Dig It – Viking School Holiday Family Fun

Even the occasional shower of rain cannot douse the enthusiasm of the many young people who have been visiting the Abbey Museum over the last few days to participate in our Viking School Holiday Family Fun program. The rain is falling gently from the skies, but still the kids are lining up sword and shield in hand waiting eagerly for instructions and more importantly, the whistle that tells them it is time to do battle. The high pitched whistle pierces the grey skies and heralds the drumming sound of sword on shield as these junior Viking warriors advance across the grounds to face yet another group of eager warriors. The Viking warrior training is without doubt one of the most popular activities being offered during the Viking School Holiday Family Fun program at the Abbey Museum.

Archery – a popular Viking School Holiday Activity

Right up there with the Warrior training is the ever popular archery. In the past …

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School Holiday Fun Viking Style! Write your name in runes

School Holiday fun at the Abbey Museum

School Holiday Fun at the Abbey Museum has never been so POPULAR!

At the end of our first week of Viking school holiday fun – we have already seen over 600 people through the doors! Vikings everywhere, families having so much fun. We have one more week to go and have made some additions to the program based on the popularity of Viking School Holiday Fun (we may or may not believe this is a result of parents hoping to catch a glimpse of Ragnar of Lagertha, you may need to wait until next month when that hit TV series returns to TV!!!!!)

Our wonderful staff have now added tea, coffee and cake to the menu for those hungry vikings and carers of the little vikings! We also have PLENTY of shields that you can purchase for an extra $4, painting these are a highlight for the kids. Archery and Viking Warrior training scheduling is subject to the weather.

We would Love you to post photos of your little ones having …

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Junior Archaeologists Club

Hands-on Fun for Junior Archaeologists!

Junior Archaeologists celebrate as the Abbey Museum’s Junior Archaeologist Club (JAC) is two years old this term.

All Junior Archaeologists agree, time flies when you’re having fun! Here is a bit of an update on what we have been doing lately! Each term we look at a different theme or culture relating to the displays in the Abbey Museum. This year our Junior Archaeologists have explored Vikings, Egyptians, Romans and this term, it’s all about Archaeology.

At Junior Archaeologists club we like to get hands-on!

Week 1 saw our Junior Archaeologists exploring the Museum, discussing tools an archaeologist might use and what they might discover. We excavated a mini archaeological dig, and even played a game with a prehistoric American theme! In Week 2, we investigated the diet of prehistoric Americans (whilst examining coprolites), Vikings and Ancient Romans! We discussed how useful wheat is and even tried crushing it into flour. We planted our own wheat seeds, and although they have been stricken by …

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Kids Dig it at the Abbey Museum in the School Holidays www.abbeymuseum.com.au

Kids Dig the Abbey Museum in school holidays

School holidays at the Abbey Museum are always fun. The whole place comes alive with the sounds of excited young children digging up the past and exploring history. This September our young visitors have become archaeologist and excavated a mini dig site filled with treasures from ancient Egypt. They have uncovered canopic jars that once held internal organs, little shabti statuettes, plates decorated with lotus blossom and amulets. The more active have enjoyed the ever popular archery and for the investigative types there is archaeology in the lab where they have been identifying coins, dissecting coprolites and reconstituting pottery shards to identify the original urn or jar.

 

In the Museum dressing up as an ancient Egyptian or Roman provides parents with great photo opportunities. There are games, arts and craft activates including making a Greek drama masks, and mythological characters such as Medusa, Poseidon and Apollo. The figure of Venus is by far the most popular.

 

It is great to get positive feedback from the parents that the Museum is …

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The number 1 way to deliver new history curriculum outcomes

Visit the Abbey Museum for our Indigenous, first contact, medieval, and ancient civiliations education programs, all designed to meet the criteria of the new national curriculum.

We have so many schools come to experience our fantastic education programs, and our Archaeological Digs are all time favourites.

We bet you didn’t realise that students as young as 5, in Prep can also experience the thrill of digging up Ancient Egypt?

Recently some students from St.Michael’s College visited the  Museum to participate in a specially designed hands on experience, they excavated, they learned about mummification (very much enjoying wrapping up a classmate), they dressed up in authentic Egyptian dress and had their faces painted.

Our education programs are specially designed to be fun whilst at the same time teaching historical knowledge and understanding, and historical skills.

We hope you enjoy watching the delight on the faces of the little ones as they carefully excavate replica objects from the dig, the team work is priceless and the commitment to the process …

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Tah Dahhhh! Challenge met. :) I wonder what is coming up next week? Photo by S Vos

Our New Junior Archaeologist Club Is Here

Our brand new Junior Archaeologist Club has been taken to like a duck to water!

 

Last Wednesday afternoon , our doors opened for our inaugural weekly session right here within the Abbey Museum walls, with Fleur Capewell who also runs our Cutie Curators heading the session.

 

 

 

We are accepting that this programme is already a resounding success – this was just the first day and the  kids just didn’t want to go home!

 

 

 

 

We are really really happy to be able to present this club to all budding junior archaeologists every Wednesday afternoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is more information to be had on our Junior Archaeologist Club page – you are all most welcome to …

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Play-Based learning is so much fun at Cutie Curators' Club!

Our Cutie Curators Club is thriving.

We thought you might be interested in an excerpt from our current Cutie Curators Club’s newsletter.   This is written by our lovely Cutie Curators’  Club new co-ordinator, Fleur Capewell.

Enjoy.  🙂

 

Cutie Curator Club newsletter (extract)

Hasn’t term three gone quickly?  Our Cutie Curators have had lots of adventrues this term; we have built castles and invaded them, travelled to the moon and even competed in the Abbey Olympics.

Our curators have followed pirate maps and hunted for treasure, made some beautiful mosaics and explored musical instruments from all over the world.

Hats and Shoes week included discovering that there is a ‘real’ Queens’ shoe as part of the museum collection and we talked about the different functions of the shoes and hats in the exhibits.  Flags, feathers and food gave us an insight into different ways of expressing ourselves using colour, and how colourful displays can give us information.

Out curators made some fantastic fathers day crafts, and some ‘worlds greatest dad’ awards for …

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A fun day for children and their Mummies

The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology hosted their themed Kids Dig It Archaeology Fun Day last Saturday to give children a unique and fun holiday experience.

Over 585 children and parents converged at St Michael’s College to participate in a huge range of activities including:  stone tool making, archery, ribbon dancing, shield painting, medieval games and so many more.

Other highlights of the day included the children’s costume contest, face painting, jumping castle and loads of other activities.

This event was hosted by the Abbey Museum to encourage childrens’ interest in history and archaeology through fun and interactive activities. Saturday’s Dig It Day 2012 builds on the success of the previous Dig It Day hosted in the 2011 September school holidays.

Event co-coordinator Tania Wickham said …

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Fun things for kids to do in Brisbane

There was a time, not so long ago, when fun things for kids to do in Brisbane did not include museums.  Kids in museums were not a good mix.  Noisy, curious, un-heeding little strangers were seen more of an inconvenience to be ‘Shushed!’ than engaged with.  As in libraries, where the signs of ‘Silence!’ left no more to be said, museums did not wave the ‘Kids Welcome!’ flag.  But thank goodness! …..no longer!  As methods of learning have evolved from theory to hands-on over the years , and as inquiring minds are recognized for the brightness  they reflect and the promise they show, who should be made more welcome to these amazing institutions of learning, than kids? At the Abbey Museum, we think Kids in Museums rock!

A core visions of the Abbey Museum is the provision of quality cultural and educational experiences for children and hence the carefully chosen education programs at the Abbey Museum have embraced the principle of welcoming kids in museums.    We have a myriad of activities that will engage and stimulate your children’s imaginations, a …

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